Dominika Cibulkova Runs over Agnieszka Radwanska to Reach Australian Open Finals

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

Dominika Cibulkova advanced to her first Grand Slam final by steamrolling Aga Radwanska on Thursday afternoon.
Dominika Cibulkova advanced to her first Grand Slam final by steamrolling Aga Radwanska on Thursday afternoon.Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Dominika Cibulkova, who's had a habit of knocking off higher ranked players lately, did it again on Thursday afternoon, running over Agnieszka Radwanska for a 6-1, 6-2 victory and a spot in the Australian Open Finals.

Before this year, Cibulkova had never advanced beyond fourth round in Melbourne, and she'll enter the final—her first—playing the best tennis of her career.

She will face No. 4 Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, for the title on Saturday.

For Radwanska, the match got off to a bad start and quickly turned into a disaster. She was flat from the get-go and seemed to have absolutely no energy, as her opponent attacked her every shot and ran her around the court.

Cibulkova came out of the gate fast and never looked back. Her confidence growing with each point, she attacked Radwanska's serve, and was able to steal three breaks in the opening set to take a stunningly easy lead.

If body language was an indicator, the match was over at that point. Radwanska appeared dispirited and fatigued, perhaps fallout from her grueling three set quarterfinal victory over Victoria Azarenka the day before, while Cibulkova appeared to be having the time of her life.

Not to be denied, she stayed on the attack to open the second set, and broke Radwanska three more times to close it out and secure the victory.

It's been a tournament full of upsets and Cinderella stories, and with the 2014 Australian Open women's final now set, the storylines write themselves.

It'll be the old-pro against the upstart, and no matter who wins, it will cap off two weeks of unexpected twists and turns, and an improbable—at least two weeks ago—champion will be crowned.